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Clean Angling News
August 2013
The Latest on Felt Bans
"What's going on with felt bans?" In recent weeks I have visited with a lot of different fly shops and boot companies and this is the number one questions I get. Everyone is wondering where we are headed on the issue of felt bans. Just a couple years ago, it seemed that bans were likely to spread across the US and boot companies were racing to develop new technologies to replace felt. Today, felt is back on the shelves of many stores and the move to ban felt seems to have slowed.

Although there are fewer reports of new bans being proposed, there is still movement toward new bans. As we reported previously, Nebraska became the most recent state to ban felt with their prohibition taking effect on January 1, 2013. Now we learn that officials are moving toward implementing a South Dakota felt ban in 2014.

While the South Dakota ban has not yet been made final, it is likely that we will continue to see additional felt restrictions in coming years. The Invasive Species Action Network continues to monitor all of the bans and proposals as they arise. To find out the latest, check out ourStatus of US Felt Restrictions web page which we keep up-to-date with he latest information.

Yellowstone Lake Lake Trout Invasion
The invasion of Yellowstone Lake by lake trout has been oneof the highest profile examples of a sport fish as an invader. For more than a decade, Yellowstone Park biologists have waged an all-out war on the lake trout. This effort has not had great success but changes in the effort in the past few years seem to be making a difference and for the first time, it seems like there is good news in theYellowstone Lake lake trout removal program.
While Yellowstone Park officials are main committed to Lake Trout removal, a few critics attack the effort as unwarranted. Recently, a prominent Yellowstone area author wrote an article critical of lake trout removal. His article caught the attention of a lot of people and it was not long before another well respected author weighed in with his support for the Yellowstone Lake lake trout removal program.

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To restore native trout, Yellowstone Park is poisoning Grayling Creek to remove all fish before the natives are reintroduced
The push to ban felt soles has slowed but not stopped. It looks like South Dakota will move toward a 2014 ban

Round gobies have invaded a number of lakes where they disrupt the natural ecology and present a real threat to some sport fishes. Now they are in New York's Cayuga Lake

Indiana officials are urging anglers to make sure they don;t accidentally use young invasive Asian carp as minnows for bait

Oregon is cracking down on boaters who do not purchase invasive species stickers. Read how one kayaker received a $30 ticket

Here's a chance to take a guided trip to fish and bow hunt for snakeheads. To top it all, you will be filmed for a video. Just donate $300 to this kickstarter campaign

New research into invasive snakeheads shows that they are a likely carrier of a virus that infects largemouth bass but has no effect on the snakeheads.

Two anglers fishing a a bass tournament on New York's Lake George have been ticketed for introducing invasive species into the lake

Do you hunt birds? If so, have you thought about trying to bag some Eurasian collared doves?

What's it like being a boat inspector? For one university student it is a great opportunity

The inability to grow didymo in the lab has long been a problem but now researchers have overcome this obstacle - this could lead to significant discoveries<

On our Invasive Species Action Network Facebook page we post all types of invasive species news including stories about all types of invaders, policy issues and other items of interest.

South Dakota officials are considering poisoning an entire lake to remove the invasive fish species. They believe this may be the only way to establish healthy populations of natives

Is there a future for commercial harvest of Asian carp in the Illinois River? On commercial angler thinks he has a practical answer.

Spotted knapweed has long been identified as one of the main problem weeds in the west. Read about how it is a problem in Michigan

Cane toads are one of the world's worst invaders. They are present in pockets in Florida but a new discovery on Sanibel Island is bad news

It looks like round gobies have spread to New York's Cayuga Lake

Ohio State University is documenting how climate change is having a big impact on invasives in the state

Here's something new - a kickstarter campaign aimed at raising money for an invasive species project

Rhode Island researchers are finding that invasives are rapidly replacing native species in coastal waters

New York City officials are using a new tool to try and spot new invasions of Asian longhorned beetles. They are asking swimming pool owners to check their pools for the invader

A new invasive weed is causing concern for California's wine industry. With a name like "stinkwort" its easy to imagine bad tasting wine

In Montana a contest is underway to see which kid can collect the most invasive Heath snails

On New York's Lake George, two tournament anglers have been ticketed for introducing invasive species into the lake, a move that is sure to generate debate
Will minnows turn out to be an important tool in protecting endangered sage grouse from the invasive West Nile virus?

August 2013

I sit writing this just before the beginning of the Labor Day weekend and once again I wonder where has the summer gone. Here in Montana the days are already getting much shorter but the temperatures sure don't show it. Although summer is winding down, the forest fire season is still in full swing and lots of hard working folks are doing everything they can to insure that fire fighting does not spread invasives.

In the US, all states are members of one (or more) of the regional aquatic invasive species panels. The panels are the main place where the states and federal agencies join with the private sector to adopt regional approaches to a host of invasive species problems. In early September, the Western Regional Panel will have their annual meeting in Portland. The meetings are open to the public so if you are interested be sure to visit the Western Regional Panel Website for complete information about the meeting and the work of the Panel. I hope I will see you there!

I hope you will get in touch with me if you have questions, answers or invasive species stories to share.

Bob Wiltshire
Executive Director ISAN

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